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airBaltic: passenger numbers Up & cooperation with Lufthansa on flights from Tampere to Frankfurt and Munich

During May 2022 airBaltic has carried 284 700 passengers – 323% more than during the same period last year. In May 2022, airBaltic performed 3 490 flights.  Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic commented: “Now that most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in many parts of the world, we see passenger demand growing for both business and...

Encouraging May - passenger numbers at Riga Airport reached two thirds of the pre-pandemic results

Operational data on the Airport performance show that this May, Riga International Airport handled 474 thousand passengers or 66 % of the pre-pandemic period. The Airport has served 1.67 million passengers since the beginning of the year. The share of direct passengers was 84 % in May, while 16 % of passengers used Riga as a transit point in May. A similar ratio of direct and t...

airBaltic took delivery of its 36th Airbus A220-300

On May 28, 2022, Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed its 36th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABJ, in Riga. This is the fourth of eight planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2022. This aircraft is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBa...

Norwegian launches scheduled flights from Riga to Trondheim, Norway

As of Wednesday, 1 June, the Norwegian airline will start regular flights up to three times a week on the route Riga – Trondheim. Flights are planned throughout the summer season, providing Baltic passengers with a regular connection from Riga to the third largest city in Norway and an exciting tourist destination. Norwegian has been operating at Riga Airport since the end...

16 students graduate airBaltic Pilot Academy

On May 16, 2022, 16 students graduated from the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy, receiving a commercial pilot license upon completion of the full-time airline transport pilot program. In addition, already the 12th group of nine students began their professional pilot studies. Transport Minister Talis Linkaits, congratulating graduates and new students of...

Riga Airport has handled more than 1.1 Million passengers this year

Operational data on the Airport performance show that this April, more than 419 thousand passengers used Riga Airport; in turn, in the first four months of the year the Airport has served more than 1.1 million passengers.  "The increase in the number of passengers in April is related to both new and renewed routes from Riga at the beginning of the summer season, as well as a higher fl...

airBaltic wet leases one Ukraine International Airlines aircraft

airBaltic has agreed to wet lease one Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. Aircraft and its crew will perform flights within airBaltic network short term starting from May 1, 2022. Martin Gauss, airBaltic Chief Executive Officer: “Ukraine International Airlines has been a reliable long-term partner of airBaltic. It is...

Riga Airport continues to develops digital services

Continuing the development of Riga Airport's digital services, in April the new Airport e-shop was launched, offering quick, convenient, and cost-effective purchase of services such as parking, RIX Fast Track security check and visit to the Primeclass Business Lounge. The new e-shop is available on the Airport's website (www.riga-airport.com), and its biggest advan...

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 seat count increased up to 149

airBaltic reports that as the Airbus A220-300 aircraft is now certified to operate up to 149 seats, the company’s fleet is undergoing gradual change in cabin configuration, unblocking additional seats that couldn’t be used previously. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic commented: “In late February we received our first airBaltic Ai...

Strengthening leading position in Baltic market - SmartLynx Airlines

This week, Latvia oldest operating carrier SmartLynx Airlines marks its 30th anniversary. In the summer season, the airline plans to have about 60 airplanes, becoming the largest air fleet operator in the Baltic states. SmartLynx Airlines actualy operates 33 airplanes, in April three more will be delivered, and the other 22 will be delivered gradually by the end of th...

30th anniversary of cooperation - Riga Airport & Finnair

30 March 2022, marks 30 years since the Finnish airline Finnair resumed regular flights from Riga to Helsinki. The first resumed flight to Riga in 1992 was opened by the then Speaker of the Finnish Parliament; the airline's management was also on board, and among the passengers was also a man who had flown on the last Finnish aircraft from Riga to Helsinki back in 1940.  &ldq...

Riga Airport turnover reached almost 32 million Euros last year

The net turnover of Riga Airport in 2021 reached 31.8 million euros – 3.5 million or 12.5 % ​​more than planned in last year's budget. Airport’s unaudited condensed interim statement for the last year shows that the company has also been able to reduce its projected losses by 10 million.  "The Covid-19 pandemic particularly affected the Airport's operations in...